Tales of an Elementary Library Tech

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/13

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I’ve been checking out Jen’s blog for awhile and finally decided to join her for “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”. The basics of this is that you read and review books and link up with others and check out their blogs as well. If you want more info, check out Jen’s blog or Kellee’s blog as they are the ones took a younger approach on this. If you want to check out a more older approach, check out Sheila’s blog. For me, I will be reading two different books – one geared toward my lower readers (K-3), the other geared toward my upper readers (4-6). There are some “mature” books that are restricted to my 7th-8th graders, but my focus will be more on the “elementary” age.

Last Week:

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Exclamation Mark As I mentioned last week, I read the primary nominees for the California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) to my students before we vote. This was our first book and the kids enjoyed it! It’s a great one when you’re talking about punctuation and when you would use an exclamation mark, and its pretty fun to read too.

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Camp Can’t I chose this book because it is a series some of the girls enjoy in the 5th/6th grade classes, and this one featured the main character while attending a summer camp. I spend my summers working for the Boy Scouts of America at a local camp and thought I could connect in that way. Well, sure enough, several of Claudia’s tips were ones I could use as well. I mean, how many of you could use an extra toothbrush/paste while you are traveling anywhere? Or how many of you have listened to advice a friend gave and it turned out to be helpful in the end? And those are just two of the twenty tips Claudia shares while she’s trying to survive camp and be chosen as a junior counselor.

This week:

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City Dog, Country Frog Book #2 in the CYRM category.

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Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 A student recently checked out another book in The Royal Diaries series for a book report, and this one caught my eye, as I am a fan of the film.

What are you reading???

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? 10/6

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I’ve been checking out Jen’s blog for awhile and finally decided to join her for “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”. The basics of this is that you read and review books and link up with others and check out their blogs as well. If you want more info, check out Jen’s blog or Kellee’s blog as they are the ones took a younger approach on this. If you want to check out a more older approach, check out Sheila’s blog. For me, I will be reading two different books – one geared toward my lower readers (K-3), the other geared toward my upper readers (4-6). There are some “mature” books that are restricted to my 7th-8th graders, but my focus will be more on the “elementary” age.

Last week:

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Possum Magic My mom visited me last week. Because she has been living in Australia the last two years, I chose a book by an Australian author. When someone is invisible, what magic do you use to allow them to see themselves? That’s what Grandma Poss and Hush try to figure out in this story as they journey the country and try various food items.

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The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet This series has a decent checkout at my library. Not by any means as popular as Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Mr Putter & Tabby, but up there with Black Lagoon and Dr Seuss. I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to visit a magical place they find hidden beneath their basement stairs?

This week:

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Exclamation Mark The past few years I’ve read the nominees in the primary category for CYRM (California Young Reader Medal) and then the students get to vote. Well, its that time again 🙂 I’ll be sure to do a blog post when all is said and done so you know how things went, especially since I have the older grades as well.

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Camp Can’t This is another series that has a steady stream, mostly with 5-6 grade classes. And since I spend my summers working at a summer camp, seems like the perfect book in the collection.

What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? 9/29

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I’ve been checking out Jen’s blog for awhile and finally decided to join her for “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”. The basics of this is that you read and review books and link up with others and check out their blogs as well. If you want more info, check out Jen’s blog or Kellee’s blog as they are the ones took a younger approach on this. If you want to check out a more older approach, check out Sheila’s blog. For me, I will be reading two different books – one geared toward my lower readers (K-3), the other geared toward my upper readers (4-6). There are some “mature” books that are restricted to my 7th-8th graders, but my focus will be more on the “elementary” age.

Okay, so I’m a few weeks behind … but here I am catching up 🙂

Previous weeks …

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My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo This book I read because of National Hispanic Heritage Month starting mid-September. The colors are beautiful and with text in both Spanish and English makes it a great book for your kids that are learning English to still see the words in their native tongue as well.

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Bone, Vol 1: Out from Boneville One of the first graphic novels I’ve read. The characters seemed a bit strange at first, but I can see the appeal it would have to younger kids, especially those that love comics.

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The Giving Tree In honor of Banned Book Week, I chose two books that have both been on the banned book list. The first is a favorite of mine, The Giving Tree. While it is sad the tree is cut up and is only a stump at the end, the friendship both the tree and the boy give each other is priceless and why I think it should be available for all.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid This is another book that has been on the banned book list and one that is banned from some teachers in my school for their students to check out. I can see how this could be labeled as a graphic novel, but I would actually put it in the middle of a graphic novel and a “traditional” novel. Personally, I would tell a student one graphic/diary of a wimpy kid type book, one “traditional” if I limited their choices. For reluctant readers, books like this are a great seg-way into “traditional” novels from graphic ones.

This week …

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Possum Magic My mom is visiting from Australia, so I chose a book by an Australian author.

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The Secrets of Droon, Vol 1: The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet I had not heard of this series until I started at a K-8 school this school year, and this is one that has a decent stream, so I decided to check it out.

What are you reading this week???

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? 9/15

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I’ve been checking out Jen’s blog for awhile and finally decided to join her for “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”. The basics of this is that you read and review books and link up with others and check out their blogs as well. If you want more info, check out Jen’s blog or Kellee’s blog as they are the ones took a younger approach on this. If you want to check out a more older approach, check out Sheila’s blog. For me, I will be reading two different books – one geared toward my lower readers (K-3), the other geared toward my upper readers (4-6). There are some “mature” books that are restricted to my 7th-8th graders, but my focus will be more on the “elementary” age.

Last week:

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Listen to My Trumpet: I’ve read other books in the Elephant & Piggie series and others by Mo Willems, and they never cease to delight me and my younger readers in the library. This particular one in the series brought an ending I wasn’t expecting and enjoyed. Even in a “children’s” book I still can’t predict the ending and I like that!

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The Secret Crush: This was suggested by an older reader. I generally prefer to start with the first book in the series, but it has been checked out. Totally one I can see the younger girls enjoying. It had some IM conversations mixed with the story. Similar in style to the Dork Diaries series as this character also keeps a diary.

This week:

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What are you reading this week?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? 9/8

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I’ve been checking out Jen’s blog for awhile and finally decided to join her for “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”. The basics of this is that you read and review books and link up with others and check out their blogs as well. If you want more info, check out Jen’s blog or Kellee’s blog as they are the ones took a younger approach on this. If you want to check out a more older approach, check out Sheila’s blog.

Last week:

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I read this newer version, grabbed off the shelves by a 3rd or 4th grade boy. I wasn’t a fan of the original series and am still not a big fan of mysteries (Boxcar Children is about the only mystery series I would willingly read), however I did find this one easier than the original series. It is for a younger age group, and one I could see myself getting into more if I was back in elementary or middle school.

This week:

I work with lower and upper elementary, along with middle school students, so I decided to be adventurous and read two books each week – one picture book/beginning reader (E section of my library), one chapter book (F or NF section of my library).

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I had a  second grade class come in and this was one of the most requested series. I have read some his others, but this is one of his newer books in my school’s library.

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This one comes from a female in the 4th/5th combo class. It’s actually book 2 in the series, but book 1 is checked out from both my library and the public library.

What are you reading right now?

ms stefun

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? 9/1/14

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I’ve been checking out Jen’s blog for awhile and finally decided to join her for “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”. The basics of this is that you read and review books and link up with others and check out their blogs as well. If you want more info, check out Jen’s blog or Kellee’s blog as they are the ones who started this all.

Last week:
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I asked my 4th-6th graders their favorite book, and one series that came up quite a bit was the Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renée Russell. Last week I read the first book in the series, Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life and I think this is a book/series that girls can totally relate to, especially if they are in a transition period, such as elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, or changing schools. I saw myself even now being able to see pieces of myself back during those times. It’s like Big Nate or Diary of a Wimpy Kid but with a girl’s point of view.

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I asked a 3rd/4th grader to pick me a favorite book of his and this is the one he pulled. Personally I wasn’t a fan of the originally series so I’m curious how this will turn out in my mind.

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